A water bug is a general term for bugs like cockroaches or palmetto bugs that gather around water sources. They are attracted to food and water, so the best way to prevent them is to make sure food and water are not left out in the open. Find out how to get rid of water bugs.
Clean the Area
Look for areas around your home that have food or standing water exposed to the air. Remove pet food if possible. Cockroaches and other bugs can live off of your pet’s food. If possible, organize meal times so that the dog or cat will eat all of their food immediately and you can wash the bowl.
Place food in the refrigerator whenever possible. If it cannot be refrigerated, place them inside airtight containers. Use trash cans with very tight fitting lids. Trash cans and compost piles that are open to the air will attract, feed and hatch more bugs.
Take out trash daily during roach infestation. Pick up around your house and yard. Water bugs live in places that are rarely cleaned and moved. Recycle newspapers and food containers every week. Make sure your recycling containers have tight fitting lids over them.
Remove old cardboard boxes. These are popular hiding places. Look for standing water in and outside of the house. Pet water bowls, tarps, glasses of water, plant saucers, bird baths, and rainwater can produce inviting places for water bug hatching. Place a lid over the container of water. Turnover bird baths, pots, and other containers during the rainy season.
Deep clean the kitchen with a disinfectant. Make sure you include kitchen appliances like the toaster, food processor, juicer, grill and other areas where food particles become trapped.
Try Natural Pesticides
Identify where the nest or nests are located. This will help you get rid of the water bug problem in a quick and targeted manner.
Pour 2 to 4 cups (0.4 to 0.9l) of distilled white vinegar down all of your drains. Include your dishwasher, bathtub, and toilet as well as sinks.
Pour several tbsp. of liquid dish detergent into your pool, if you notice an infestation. Turn your pump off. Allow them to die and float to the surface when they get stuck. Remove them with a pool skimmer several hours later. Turn the pump back on.
Create a mixture of half powdered sugar and half baking soda. Sprinkle a thin dusting in the area of the water bug infestation. Wait for the bugs to die and remove them.
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